The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations came into force on 2 January 2007 and applies the principle of Producer Responsibility to this sector under the European WEEE Directive.

What is a Producer? Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, a Producer is defined as any company who places EEE onto the UK market by:
  • Importing
  • Manufacturing own brand
  • Re-branding
  • Any company who undertakes any of the above activities is classed as a Producer regardless of company size, market share or selling technique.
Companies based outside of the UK who place EEE onto the UK market are also able to register. Group registrations are not permitted and therefore each subsidiary that is classed as a Producer must register as a separate company. How do I determine what type of Producer my company is? There are two different types of Producer each with slightly different obligations under the WEEE Regulations. This depends on whether the EEE that they produce is intended to be used in households (B2C) or non-households (B2B)

What WEEE Compliance obligations are placed on Producers?

There are a number of WEEE Directive obligations placed on producers, this includes registration with a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) within 28 days of first placing EEE onto the UK market, ensuring that all new EEE is marked with the necessary symbols, providing information on reuse and treatment and financing the costs of collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound WEEE recycling and disposal depending on the type of obligation. Our WEEE Compliance Scheme, Transform, can register your company and provide all the necessary support, including collection options and takeback solutions. For further information regarding the responsibilities and obligations of Producers, contact us today.

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